Skilled workers ‘may vanish’ if Further Education budget cuts continue (Guardian)
Britain’s supply of skilled workers may vanish if budget cuts in further education and the unchecked expansion of universities are allowed to continue, according to the architect of the government’s vocational education plans. Professor Alison Wolf said the FE sector faces possible collapse and, with it, the loss of a valuable source of technicians and mechanics. More in the Guardian.
Teacher training free for all announced (TES)
The TES reports on the news that university and school based initial teacher training providers have been told they can take on as many trainees as they want from next year. The free-for-all announced today by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) comes in the wake of concerns about growing teacher shortages.
Employing disabled workers ‘makes commercial sense’ (HR Magazine)
Creating better employment opportunities for disabled individuals could play a key role in tackling skills shortages, the new disability minister Justin Tomlinson said at a talk as part of the government’s Disability Confident campaign. Read what some of the other speakers had to say, in an article in HR Magazine.
Older workers could provide £100bn economic boost, according to PwC (Telegraph)
Britain could unlock a £100bn economic boost by tapping into an ageing workforce, according to a report by accounting giant PwC. The move could help the Government avoid a cash crunch, as demographic changes mean that the costs of financing pensions and healthcare are likely to soar. The Telegraph provides further details on the research.